Chelsea Crew, Fluevogs, Bettie Page Shoes, and B.A.I.T. Footwear: A Pinup Shoe Review

“A shoe is not only a design, but it’s part of your body language, the way you walk. The way you’re going to move is quite dictated by your shoes.” – Christian Louboutin

There are a lot of things I’m picky about; a good fried egg, the perfect red lipstick, the fabric, cut, and design of a dress (it is a huge pet peeve of mine when patterns don’t match up), but shoes are damn near the top of my list of the things I demand quality and excellent presentation on. As Cinderella taught many of us; a good shoe can change your life.

There are a few pinup-related brands out there and few reviews on them, so I thought I would take the time to share my thoughts on a few brands of shoes that I regularly wear and advise what is worth the coin and what isn’t.

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Pincurl MVPs: Curlettes

Hair is not my strong suit. Part of it is that my hair is feral and does whatever it wants. The other part is that, while I have a lot of it, my hair is also very thin, fine, and prone to frizziness and tangling. Pincurls, however, are one of the few vintage hairstyles I can moderately work with.

I have done pincurls several ways, but the easiest, bar none, is by using Curlettes. It also is the most comfortable for me when I’m trying to sleep, compared to having a bobbi pin driving into my ear or scalp because it’s know rather than metal or plastic.

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Silken Twine Capri Pants in Chambray Blue

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When I was coming up with the idea for the photoshoot seen in Putting the Blue in Bluegrass, the hardest thing was finding a reasonable pair of blue capris in the perfect color family. Fortunately, Etsy pulled through for me and brought me to SilkenTwineAustralia, who made it super easy to find exactly what I was looking for and at a very comfortable price!

The pants themselves at the time of purchasing were $47.02 (USD) and international shipping was $11.76 (USD), making it a comfortable $58.78 (USD) in total. (At the time of purchase, the USD was stronger than the AUD making my dollar stretch further.) This is cheaper than many other brands both domestic and internationally for comparable products. Upon purchasing it, the shipping time was very reasonable, especially for something made to order. I had purchased on June 15th and received a shipment notification on June 19, receiving the package from Australia on June 30th.

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The pants themselves are made of stretch bengaline, and having worn them several times now, can attest to their comfort and willingness to stretch (I have done a little yoga in them and they passed eating at a buffet test!) The website states that it is built to be taken in or out, which is very handy.

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The quality is outstanding; I find the stitch work to be particularly impressive near the hem. As someone who does live in the petite range of things (being 5’0″ and all), the size 6 was perfect and I did not feel like it cut off circulation or was in any way uncomfortable or too long. It was perfectly made for my size, though, I will confess to not usually struggling with sizing issues except for length.

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My only criticism with the capris is that they are slightly sheerer, meaning, depending on what kind of undergarments you are wearing, they may come through the fabric. I could not wear my typical boyshorts with these, but a thong pairs nicely and is undetectable. I do not currently own any vintage/vintage-inspired undergarments, so I do not have the ability to test with that, though, I’m not sure it would make a difference. If the fabric was more opaque, I’d consider this perfect and would purchase in every color. This being said, I would still not hesitate to wear these to work, but I would be prepared to wear specific undergarments with them.

SilkenTwine does make them in a variety of sizes on up to size 16 Australian (which is comparable to a L in US sizes and is approximately size 12 US) and provides a sizing chart on her page. It would be nicer to see them in a larger size variety for more plus sized folk, but if you are within this range, it’s definitely something to look into.

She also has the capris in a variety of colors and other items, and I plan on purchasing the above ankle length black capris shortly.

In short, I had a great experience with buying from and wearing the capris, and have no issues recommending purchasing from them. They’re comfortable, great vintage reproduction staple pieces, and affordable. All of which are more than enough to keep me as a repeat customer.

All photography in this post is by Janna Michelle Photography

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Yours ’til Niagara Falls,

Jupiter Gimlet

Putting the Blue in Bluegrass

Inspired by Rachel Ann Jensen’s Brooklyn Bridge Betty shoot, I knew I wanted to do something that was a cross between that and Cinderella. Fortunately, I found myself in the right hands with Janna Michelle Photography, who loved the idea as much as I did and we decided to run with it.

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Outfit Details:

True Vintage Longline Bra from MzJonesBoudoir

Cardigan from Amazon

Pearls were from eBay

Pants were from Silken Twine Australia

Shoes were Bettie Page Shoes

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Hair and Makeup was done by yours truly. It was not until after this shoot, I learned that the difference between a ton and a buttload of pomade is what helps you keep your bumper bang in shape all day.

Makeup of the Day:

  • Foundation Primer: Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer
  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Stick (Y215)
  • Under-Eye Concealer: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch (1)
  • Setting Powder: Kat Von D Loose Setting Powder in Translucent
  • Eye Primer: Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye Primer
  • Eyeshadow: Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow (M500 (Ivory)) for base, MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow (Omega) in the crease
  • Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Pencil (Blacquer), Physician’s Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum (Blackest Black)
  • Mascara: Too Faced Better than Sex Waterproof
  • Blush: MAC Cosmetics Sheertone Blush (Blushbaby)
  • Contour: Kat Von D Contour Refill Powder (Sombre)
  • Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Lipstick (Kinda Sexy)

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The photos themselves were taken outside of the famous Galt House Hotel, a Louisville institution. It’s a hotel that overlooks the Ohio River and is one of the most glamorous spots in Louisville. The original Galt House was opened in 1835, later destroyed in a fire in 1865. It eventually reopened in a slightly different spot down the road, being rebuilt in 1869 and tore down in 1921.

The Galt House was eventually reopened in 1972 as part of a revitalization project and is the Galt House we know it as today. It hosts two towers along with a restaurant and is to this day the only riverfront hotel in the city.

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The photography was done for this shoot by the masterful, Janna Michelle Photography. Highly recommend her work for all Louisville-based shoots!

 

Yours ’til Niagara Falls,

Jupiter Gimlet